$38 737 MCP BUILD

With 100% all working functions

Build Tutorial for Mobiflight & Prosim using Ardunio Mega

This build is if you want a cheap fully operationally Boeing 737 MCP. It has been designed to be the simplest build possible. With this balance between ease of build and authenticity, some of the components have been moved from there actual realistic positions, but will still produce an awesome working and looking unit. I have created it as the same external dimensions as the real unit so later on you can replace it if needed. This is also the same design as seen on the Website YouTube Channel.

MCP Components List - With Cost Listings

Here you can see the actual cost of parts and what components you need to assemble the 737 DIY MCP. Im not going to put links in, because they go out of date to quickly, but you should be able to find all these parts on Ebay. Do not worry if you cannot find the exact components such as the KD2 Momentary switches, there are plenty of different looking buttons that will do the job. Look around and find something that you think, will look good and suits your budget.

 

 

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Creating the MCP Faceplate 

Most people do not have a CNC machine, But if you do. You can download the Fusion360 file here:

 

https://a360.co/2UwXou5


Another option is to Hand cut the face-plate and back-plate from Perspex or MDF. 

The face plate is constructed from 3mm perspex or MDF

 

The Base plate is constructed from 5mm perspex or 6mm MDF.

You can easily print the design and stick it to the perspex or MDF. Printing sticky labels for the buttons will also increase the overall looks of the unit.

The final option is to 3d print the MCP plates:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3638250

kd2 Momentary Push Buttons

I bought these push buttons over 4 years ago. After the YouTube video, these became a very popular request. I didn't even know what they were called at the time. I have been unable to find them on Ebay.co.uk.

However, Ebay.com revealed lots of them. Some sites they are customisable by switch and led colour!

Just remember, you want Momentary and not latched!

Creating the MCP Baseplate

Use the Plans below to create the base-plates if you have to manually create them:

Install the Components

Remembering that this design utilises the Blue coloured PCB's (Different coloured PCB have different sizes). Solder the header pins on backwards, so they protrude from the rear rather then the front. 

Attach the PCBs using QTY 2, M2 screws in opposite sides. There really is no need to use the full four screw holes. 

Set the distance of the displays with washers between the Back baord and the PCB.

 

Mount the various switches in there recesses and tighten the nuts.

The nuts should be below the back plate surface to prevent interference.

Remember, the two momentary switches are for the Auto pilot disconnect!

With the face-plate, install the encoders and rotary switches. Tighten slightly to prevent movement. 

You may have to drill small holes in the faceplate (carefully) if your components having locking lugs, or remove the lugs with a file.

Install QTY (3), 5mm LEDS into the unit. Secure with glue if required

Mount the various switches in there recesses and tighten the nuts.

The nuts should be below the back plate surface to prevent interference.

Remember, the two momentary switches are for the Auto pilot disconnect!

Push the switches through the faceplate and back plate.

Wiring The Unit

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This wiring Diagram shows how I connected my two Ardunios to the MCP. 

This can be used for both PMDG and Prosim utilising Mobiflight as the interface software.

 

Wiring for Xplane and Sim Vim is done differently and this will not work.

Please you the wiring videos for the MCP on Youtube if you need further information. 

Just remember that all the grounds can daisy chained, especially between the two boards. 

The rotary switch is wired from one arduino pin to two pins on the switch allowing both directions to be utilized.

KD2 Wiring Diagram

The wiring Pin Out for the KD2 momentary switch can be found here

KD2 Switch Pin Out

12 POSITION SWITCH 737 MCP

12 Position Rotary Switch Pin Out

The wiring Pin Out for the switch can be found here

Programming The Unit

See the programming Section in the menu.

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